The Daily Egyptian (Southern Illinois University's school paper) reports that a lecture hall was evacuated, when a suspicious student dropped a gym bag behind a trash can and departed.
Teacher, Ralph Jones, told the paper, "The way the students described this person who stepped inside the doorway and dropped the bag behind the trash can and then, in their words, furtively and quickly left the room just raised my suspicions."
Local police blocked off the building and quickly funneled 100 students out of harm's way.
What horrors lurked behind the trash, in a blood-red gym bag?
Sand... 60 pounds of it. A prop for an international marketing class.
The sand-keeper returned to the scene, by now a full-blown investigation, and told authorities, "I had a class beforehand and I really didn't want to bring a 60 pound bag of sand around..."
What's the Hubbub, Bub?
Odds are, if this happened in March, no one would have called the cops or fled the building. Campuses are on high-alert on the heels of the Virgina Tech massacre.
But students must continue to learn and attend classes. Otherwise the psychotic loner terrorists win. They hate our books... our overhead presentations... and our fraternities. They revile our student loans and freedom to choose between pizza, chicken wings and hoagies.
We will prevail... oh yes, we shall prevail!